Raising Up Families and Followers of Jesus Christ
"Discipleship has helped me to grow in knowledge, service, and love of God and to become a more mature follower of Jesus Christ." - Fran
WHAT IS A LIFE GROUP?
Simply put, it's a small group of people who are doing life together! Each group is a little different, but they have the same goal. An intentional leader and co-leader help members of their life group grow in their faith journey. Weekly activities can alternate between Bible study, service and fun! Leaders may choose their own curriculum or use discussion questions and material that are related to the sermon on the previous Sunday.
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
We want to make discipling the center of what we do because that’s the mission of the church (Matthew 28:18-20). We exist, not to make church members, but to make disciples! That’s a big difference!
Q. What’s a disciple?
A. The invitation is the definition!
In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
A disciple is a person who is:
--Following Jesus (head)
--Being transformed by Jesus (heart)
--Joining in the mission of Jesus (hands)
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:
Most churches do not have an intentional discipleship process! With a process, we are more likely to grow people unto maturity so that they too are making disciples. Life groups meet weekly usually and are composed of 3-12 people you are “doing life” with already—just with an intentionality toward discipling.
Our resource, Real Life Discipleship is not a program, but a process. It follows in the way of Jesus. It is not superficial, but a transformative approach to being the church. Life groups help people grow and mature as disciples.
Here are the key components of RLD:
Intentional leader (life group leader)
Relational environment (life group, 3-12 people)
Reproducible process (the life stages: spiritually dead, born again, infant, child, young adult, parent)
Disciples who make disciples
WHERE WE ARE GOING:
We want every person at Faith to be part of a life group. Every believer has the potential to be a disciple maker! If you are interested in learning more, perhaps also to become a life group leader, then we want to have you be a part of this process. Talk to any of the life group leaders. Copies of the book Real Life Discipleship by Jim Putnam are also on-hand.
WHEN DO GROUPS MEET?
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Connect with SuAnn Denning (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Luther